Coat of arms of Offenburg
Offenburg is located in Germany
Coordinates 48°28′15″N 7°56′27″E / 48.47083°N 7.94083°E / 48.47083; 7.94083Coordinates: 48°28′15″N 7°56′27″E / 48.47083°N 7.94083°E / 48.47083; 7.94083
Country Germany
State Baden-Württemberg
Admin. region Freiburg
District Ortenaukreis
Lord Mayor Edith Schreiner (CDU)
Basic statistics
Area 78.39 km2 (30.27 sq mi)
Elevation 163 m  (535 ft)
Population 59,215 (31 December 2010)[1]
 - Density 755 /km2 (1,956 /sq mi)
Other information
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plate OG
Postal codes 77601–77656
Area code 0781
Imperial City of Offenburg
Reichsstadt Offenburg
Free Imperial City of the Holy Roman Empire
before 1240–1803
Capital Offenburg
Government Republic
Historical era Middle Ages
 - First documentary

 - Gained Reichsfreiheit before 1240 the 13th century
 - City razed in
    Nine Years' War

 - Became Badish fief 1701–71
 - Ceded to Baden 1803

Offenburg is a city located in the state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany. With about 60,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city and the capital of the Ortenaukreis.

Offenburg also houses University of Applied Sciences Offenburg. Offenburg has a station on the Rhine Valley Railway between Karlsruhe and Basel.



Offenburg is located near the Rhine between Karlsruhe and Freiburg. The French city of Strasbourg lies directly west across the Rhine. Offenburg lies at the mouth of the Kinzig river valley. The Kinzig flows out of the Black Forest and meets the Rhine near Kehl.


The city is first mentioned in historical documents dating from 1148. By 1240 Offenburg had already been declared a Free Imperial City. The city was nearly totally destroyed in the Nine Years War. In 1803 Offenburg lost its status as a Free City and fell under the rulership of the Grand Duchy of Baden.

During the outbreak of the Revolutions of 1848, the "Offenburger Program" which contained thirteen demands "in the name of the people of Baden" was announced at the Salmen Inn on 12 September 1847. This was the first democratic demand in Germany. Along with the Karlsbad Resolves, the Offenburger Program demanded basic and human rights as well as freedom of the press and a progressive income tax structure. On 19 March 1848 the demands were confirmed by the 20,000 member Offenburg Peoples' Assembly.



  • Gustav Rée (1945–49)
  • Karl Heitz (1949–75)
  • Martin Grüber (1975–92)
  • Dr Wolfgang Bruder (1992–2002)
  • Edith Schreiner (since 2003)

Representatives to the Federal Parliament


Offenburg is home to Hubert Burda Media, a large printing and publishing company.

Culture and attractions

There are several historical attractions in Offenburg including:

  • The Salmen Inn
  • The Capuchin Monastery
  • The Ritterhaus, a 1784 manor-house that has been converted into the city archives and museum
  • The Jewish Bath (Mikwe): a bathhouse belonging to the city's historical Jewish community; it was held to be medieval, but recent research suggests it may be from the 16th or 17th century[2]
  • The former Royal Palace (Königshof) built by Michael Ludwig Rohrer, now the Police station


International relations

Offenburg is twinned with:

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External links

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